My print studio is located at 2615 Minna Avenue, Oakland, CA 94619.

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Call 510 536-5889, or 510 205-2814 .


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"If you have an artistic vision or image you can realize, it's almost certain that you can create fine art quality digital prints that are extremely true to your original image, whether it is painting, photography or even printmaking in other media. Fine art quality digital printing is available and affordable and it is revolutionizing the concept of the fine art print."
- John Sheridan

Why Should You Print Digitally?

For generations, quality printing of fine art or photography required owning one’s own press, a darkroom, or a very expensive limited edition printed by a master printer. Now with the development of digital software and archival inkjet printers, if you have a painting, print, photograph, computer-generated image, or document you can make as few - or as many - fine art quality prints, large or small - whenever you want them.

Once your image has been digitized and formatted for printing, you can print a file immediately or wait and print years from now often without further preparation - a huge savings of your time and money. Imagine your artwork, photography, special documents or images printed on canvas, or archival paper or other materials. Find out how inexpensive it can be compared to retail costs at expensive service bureaus. The quality of Epson prints will last for generations. The prints you will receive are fine art quality, and designed to last 100 years.

My Extremely Low Rates See a sample invoice here to get a sense of my very reasonable fees designed to make printing affordable!

Print your digital files on a new Epson 9900 pro wide format digital printer which can print up to 44" wide up to unlimited length. The best file formats for you to use are TIFFs, PSDs, PDFs, EPSs and also good quality JPGs. :

Printing your work on Fine Art Papers and Canvases is just $6.75-$11.00 per square foot using my papers or just $9.75 per square foot on canvas. This is a fraction of what Kinko's costs, and only 1/3 - 1/2 or less - what service bureaus charge. We can also print on other materials such as translucent/transparent plastic media.

Set up Fee: Many service bureaus charge $100-200 for a set up fee - but I charge $0 if your files are already formatted, and only $36/hr to help you with your images if necessary. An 'already formatted' file is one that is at or near the size and resolution you need, including the borders you need to have surrounding your image.

Print Sizes: Prints may be printed at any size you like within the abilities of the printer. Smaller prints sizes may be printed and cut down to your custom needs from a larger sheet or roll. The smallest loadable sheet size is 8.5 x 11" which can be printed from the larger roll and cut down or from a precut letter size sheet.

The largest sizes can go as large as 44" wide by almost unlimited length.

If you use your own paper or canvas, you can pay just $5.50 per square foot. It must be manufactured for pro inkjet printing. Non-inkjet manufactured papers may not work in the Epson 9900, or will need to be printed at $8.50 a square foot. Please contact me if you have any questions and want to bring your own media.

Test prints (proofs): Test prints are recommended and are usually done on strips of paper or canvas. Test proofs begin at just $2 per test for smaller prints on on canvas or fine paper. A test proof can be critical to assure the best possible accuracy of color, resolution, texture and scale so that adjustments can be made prior to printing your final print. Your work may require one or more test proofs. No print is 100% accurate but tests strips if requested can help us approach your original colors very closely.

Varnishing your images after printing: If you wish to have your work varnished (recommended especially for printing on canvas), there will be a small charge applying 4 spray coats of matte, semi-gloss or glossy varnish: This is just $1.75 a square foot. (Many printers charge $6/sf or more for this service)!

For canvas: Stretching your canvases over wooden stretcher bars. Like a painting, I can expertly stretch your delicate prints on canvas over inexpensive wooden stretcher bars just for the cost of materials, plus time spent stretching them at $22/hr. Canvases, after printing can be stretched for as little as $8 up to about $25 for time and materials, they look very clean and handsome in this format. Hanging wire can be attached to the back. This can be much less expensive than custom framing your work.

Please note if you would like to print on canvas and have the canvas stretched over stretcher bars, that wooden stretcher bars are sized in 1" or 2" increments and your printed image needs to conform to those increments to fit precisely when it is stretched over the stretcher bars. For example, images that are 10.2" x 25.5" are not in 1" or 2" increments. Please ask me for help if your images are odd sizes and we can work to make them fit perfectly onto stretcher bars. Also, prints on canvas that you want stretched need some extra canvas to stretch around the wooden stretcher bars, usually at least 3 inches per side.

A CD (or FTP-ing) of your final printable files is $6.00 - $10 depending on how many images you have and if you want me to convert them to high quality JPG files. (DVDs are $12). You will then have your fully editable/printable files for future use. I can save each image in TIFF, PDF, EPS or Photoshop as well as JPG formats. If you prefer for the same cost I may be able to upload your final files to you remotely online. Copying your files to a jump-flash-thumb drive is $4, or more if you need files converted to high quality JPGs.

I can also format and optimize your images for use on the internet, to your specifications, based on time spent at $36/hr.

Cutting. Cutting is usually a tiny extra cost, usually between 25 cents to $1.50 per print depending on size. All cutting costs are included in any estimate or quote I can give you beforehand.

Folding. Folding is an added charge based on time spent at $20/hr.

Wrapping and/or shipping your prints. Wrapping your prints in paper or plastic is free. Wrapping in larger plastic is 25 - 50 cents per bag. You may prefer a box or mailing tube, and if I have them available the size you want it's a small extra charge. Shipping your work is the cost of materials and shipping/handling.

Rush Prints and Services. If you need work in 48 hours or less, please factor in an additional 20% to the total.

Deposits and nonrefundable deposits prior to printing. I will be glad to work up an estimate and a deposit of approximately 50% of the estimate will be appreciated before final prints or substantial services are performed. 25% of my estimate, if we decide to go ahead is nonrefundable.

Discounts. For works 8x10" or larger, I will give you a 10% discount for any image for which we make 4 - 10 prints!
And if we make 11 - 20 of any image in a single printing, you get 15% off!
If we print 21 - 30 it will be 20% off.
If we print 31 or more of any single print it will be 25% off!!!

Please note that I make every effort to very efficiently place and fit your work on the size of paper or canvas that we are using in the printer. Sometimes there is some unavoidable wasted canvas or paper which is reflected in the printing costs. If I can use the lost canvas or paper, then there is only a very small charge for this to you. This depends upon the project and the urgency of the need for the prints. Longer lead times allow me to more easily arrange to use any otherwise wasted paper or canvas.

Quotes. Please feel free to ask for a quote and a proof before giving a final goahead, and I will be glad to provide you with an itemized estimate which as accurately as possible reflects your cost savings. I am usually very close if not exact.

Payment Methods. Cash, or personal check made out to John Sheridan, or Paypal (use john@johnsheridanart.com as my Paypal account name.).  If using Paypal may I request we split their fees 50-50 and add that to the total, usually 1.8% for each of us.

The Epson 9900 Printer

The Epson 9900 I use prints from letter size up to 44" wide by unlimited length.

The Epson 9900 uses the "Ultrachrome HDR" inks , utilizing 10 inks including Photo (or Matte) Black, Light Black, Light Light Black, Cyan, Magenta, Light Cyan, Light Magenta, Yellow, Orange and Green to reproduce the subtle tonal passages of your original.

This new Epson prints on photographic, fine art papers, canvases, fabrics including silks, vinyl, and posterboard up to 1.5mm thick.

Link to the Epson web site for the 9900 printer specifications
Link to the Wilhelm Imaging Research Laboratories site for information on the archivability of Epson inks on Epson and other substrates.

epson 9900 printer
Editing Your Images, Rental, Consulting, and Scanning Services

Other helpful digital services provided for you at a prorated fee of $36.00 per hour plus materials:

Your Digital Files: If you bring your own digital files, generally have a resolution of 300 ppi (dpi) or at least 150 ppi (dpi). Higher resolutions than 300 ppi allow for greater enlargment of print sizes. If your files are lower than 150 dpi we can do a small test print and view the quality, some lower resolution images print very well.

File Formats: Files should be in an RGB format. CMYK works but the color may shift unpredictably. Please have your images in the highest quality file format possible, such as TIFF, PSD, PDF or EPS, although JPG may work very well depending on the image and the size of print you want to print.

UPLOADING YOUR FILES to me remotely: If you wish to upload files to me and they are larger than about 20 megabytes, you can use either of these free and very easy online file uploading sites: for files up to 300 Mb, use www.hightail.com, wetransfer.com of dropbox (if using dropbox please send me the 'link'). These services can accept any type of file. You will need to include my email address: johnsheridanart@sbcglobal.net. Once you have uploaded the file(s) I will then automatically receive an email with a link back to your file from the web site and I can download it. Very easy! I can also send you your final printable files this way for just $5.

Editing and formatting your images: If our consultation requires less than 15 minutes there is no charge. If your file requires editing to prepare for printing, the charge would be only $36 per hour prorated to actual time spent. This is often less than $10 and well worth the small investment if you need to adjust your image before printing. The changes can then be permanently saved to the file.

RETOUCHING service to restore old or damaged Photographs! If you have family or other precious photographs, I can scan them into the computer and amazingly restore them to their former glory and clarity. Time varies but I charge only $36 per hour prorated to actual time spent. With scanning and color correction and cleaning your photos often less than $50. Any adjustments can be permanently saved to the file for future printing. Click here to see some examples of photographs I have restored inexpensively!

PHOTOGRAPHING or SCANNING your images: To digitize your images, I can scan your work using a 3200 dpi Epson 11000XL flatbed scanner, from as little as $9 - $35 depending on the size of your original, plus the small costs of any test proofs you would like to make. Ask for an estimate!

Or you may wish to consult with a photographer or service bureaus for photographing your work to digitize your images if they are on film, or have your large or very delicate images shot with a larger digitally-backed view camera.

The printer is located at 2615 Minna Avenue, Oakland, CA 94619. In a pretty, quiet neighborhood, very near the 580 and 880 Freeways, and the Fruitvale BART station. See map. For more information or questions on digital printing, contact me any time at johnsheridanart@sbcglobal.net or (510) 536-5889.
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